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Troy, Mark (American playwright, writer, 1966-____), “Desperation,”

a 50-minute comedy in English, set in a basement apartment, New York City, evening, 1985,

1m1f (+ 2f nonspeaking);

  •  © 1985 by Mark Troy;  •  in Mark Troy’s Desperation (Toluca Lake, California, U.S.A.: The Author, 1985);  •  script/rights available from Mark Troy, 248 Hollywood Way, Toluca Lake, California 91505, U.S.A., telephone (home)  818 929 9058, e-mail mmtbupkus@charter.net.  •  Cited by Mark Troy via ftp September 12, 2002; Troy says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Gerald Febermiltz (m), 25, a bohemian, strange little fellow with lots of secrets; Debbie Zlotnik (f), young. a secretary who is going places, nervous, well spoken, learned, book-smart, pretty.

  §  Synopsis “Debbie Zlotnik has no idea what she is getting herself into when she is coupled with Gerald, after joining the Insta-Mating Dating Service.  When she shows up to her date, it's only a matter of time before she finds out that Gerald has murdered the previous two women the dating service has sent over.

  §  Comment “1 simple set.  1 scene.  •  ‘Desperation’ has been performed all over the world including New York, California, Ohio, Australia, Pennsylvania.  It has been nominated Best Short Play, Double Image Theater Award, Samuel French, and the Quaigh Play Dramathon.”

  §  Themes cockiness, courtship, family, Jewish culture, love, mourning, quick lay, sitting shiva.

See also Mark Troy’s

  • "A Jewish Booty Call," a 45-minute comedy in English, set in a small West End apartment, New York City, evening, 1998, 1m1f
  • "Madison Bloody Avenue," a 40-minute comedy in English, set in an office, New York City, morning, 1996, 1m1f
  • "The Misguided Production," a 25-minute comedy in English, set in a small Jewish temple office, morning, 2004, 1m1f
  • "Peking Duck," a 40-minute black comedy in English, set in a Canal Street apartment, New York City, 2000, 1m1f

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